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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by EchoMirage on January 25, 2018, 07:35:53 AM »
What's the lay of the land? Blue's armed with a sniper rifle, but I'm not sure whether the Thrill Killers will be obscured by terrain until they are in machine gun range anyway. If the land's open enough, I could start taking pot shots before they arrive in machine gun range.
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by valadaar on January 24, 2018, 08:33:55 PM »
"We have company incoming.  Also, they have a dropship bout a klick out." 

Too bad he didn't still have his mobile mortar, that would end this charade real quick. But it was so expensive to feed.

He armed the suicider, and targeted the 3rd Thrill Killer in.  The kilogram of neo-rdx and fragmentation shell would probably put a damper on their expedition.

He fed his drone telemetry into his rocket rifle, all the better to smash the Thrill Killers. 

He waited for them to enter optimum range.

Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by Scrasamax on January 24, 2018, 04:06:21 PM »
'Murder hobo?' Arjan said, her lip curling. 'They are murder tourists, they will kill us for fun. If you shoot back, most will piss their pants and run away.' She spits on the ground and goes back to checking the hull of the vehicle, making sure the wheels and body are unharmed by the few shots that hit. She seems mostly pleased that the vehicle is okay.

Jerome's camera bot chirped in his ear, and flicked him a visual feed. The thrill killers seemed emboldened by their flight and were confidently riding up the way the tank had gone. The man in the lead had a sun hardened face, a local, likely their tracker. They weapons were in loose ready positions, but he could see that these were no soldiers or mercenaries, they were tourists going on a hunt off the radar. No one cared what happened the wastelands.

The camera drone chirped again, as it's motion detection picked out the thrill-killers dropship. It was a small job, expensive, sleek. Non-military so very low chance of being armed, which was good. It was a kilometer behind the TKs and about 100 meters above the ground, likely pinpointing them with it's own sensors
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by EchoMirage on January 24, 2018, 06:56:19 AM »
"Sorry there, I thought that first shot was just a challenge, and din't want to start the morning like a murder-hobo. If you don't shoot back, they grow bored, no?"
If looks could kill, their gazes would have scorched blue into a crisp.
Truth be told, killing got Blue *going*, in many ways. Take a life, feel alive. Which may not be the best thing every single time. Thanks to papa and mama genetic engineer, tacho-womb environment programmer, or whoever messed with the original design, Blue frankly enjoyed homicide, but as with many things we thoroughly enjoy, it's sometimes not easy to stop. Leave the last potato chip in the bag - can you?
"I solemnly promise to thoroughly murder them now that my misconception stands corrected."
Blue settled behind the gun again, swiveling hence and forth between possible approach vectors.
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by valadaar on January 23, 2018, 10:41:55 AM »
"No @!#$'n idea," shrugged Jerome as he dismounted from the turbo tank.

He shouldered his rocket rifle and activated its infrared tracker.  A few mental commands - rerouted through implants of course -  he was no Psiker, and a couple of his bots dismounted as well.
One could only use the rifle 'buttoned up' as the backblast from the rockets could easily burn or blind an unprotected operator. 

He directed one robot - a suicider - to about 100m between the tank and the likely approach from the Thrill-Killers or 'Qatiwe Tariq'. It quickly buried itself leaving nothing but a filament aerial sticking up.  Another, a small camera drone, he sent up near the top of the white tower where it alighted and began a wide scan with its camera.   The rest of the bots - including a pair of Skelbots currently folded into awkward positions inside their 'privacy' cocoons, he put on standby.  Tom and Jerry were quite useful, but not the most reliable things on God's creation.

Now, to wait and hope for boredom.
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by Scrasamax on January 22, 2018, 07:34:45 PM »
The fount opened, and Blue felt his skin turn to ice. He could feel the air, the moisture, the vibration, and the pulse of the River. It was palatable, and it pulsed through him. On the ridge, the Thrill-killers amusedly kept taking pot shots at turbo tank, but the rounds missed. The few that did hit the vehicle were either tumbling wildly or glanced off the armor at strange angles. This made the killers angry and they gave pursuit for a short distance, but their biological mounts couldn't match the speed of the tank.

Arjan looked over at Jerome, 'Why does the djinn not shoot?' she asked.

They put a few miles between them and the killers, as Arjan brings the vehicle to a halt near a cluster of dingy white metal towers. A transponder, a moisture evaporator, and a solar power generator... one of the terraforming stations that could be randomly found across the world, relics from when the world almost died.

'One who DOES NOT SHOOT AT QATIWE TARIQ!' Arjun barked at Blue, 'Plug us up to the charger.'

She looked at Jerome and his bots, 'We need protection while we charge, and while I make sure those tariq didnt hurt my tank'
Fields of Challenge / Re: Monthly Citadel Challenge?
« Last post by Strolen on January 20, 2018, 11:57:53 PM »
We can do a winter quest.

If you could, write me up a description of what you want and I will put together the quest page.

That is a fun idea SE, but, yeah, a lot of work. :)
Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on January 20, 2018, 12:01:56 PM »
Thanks Strolen! I have begun scavenging your book tips post for clues to my next Amazon purchase! Good one!

As for the rest of ya... Post some books already! ;)
Fields of Challenge / Re: Monthly Citadel Challenge?
« Last post by Shadoweagle on January 19, 2018, 09:14:42 PM »
But it's so hot right now!  :Thud: But I like the idea. We could also maybe work out some kind of 'Writing Prompts' style quest/challenge similar to the writing prompts subreddit; wherein you're given a sentence or two and you have to build up something around that. Or yeah; give 2-4 themes/keywords/freetexts and people have to write a sub which incorporates all of them in some manner.

I still like the idea of quests though - on top of this stuff, quests can be a less common but more highly rewarded event.

Another random thought:
I'm thinking in terms of way too much effort, coding, participation, graphics and way too much involvement here, but how cool would it be if the major quest events changed the entire layout of the main citadel and submissions for the quest affected it; like group quests which we all need to participate in to finish.
For example, a 'frozen' quest month where the front page of the citadel has an iced over theme, and every submission cracks/melts the ice until the original page is broken free again ( or even just some quest symbol in the side of the main page is encased in ice, and every sub makes more and more cracks in it until it's broken free.)
Or a 'Dungeon Run' theme, where the front page is all dungeon stone themed and super dark, and the cursor is a torch which sheds light on the section you're over. And every Dungeon submission makes the torchlight brighter until we break free (Perhaps the layout of the dungeon changes until the 'final room' where the quest symbol 'treasure' is.

If enough subs are done/requirements are complete, everyone who participated gets a hefty XP bonus plus whatever other goodies we can give.

Yeah, that whole last part is way too much effort but still, nice thought.
Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Murometz on January 19, 2018, 08:23:52 PM »
To piggy-back off this thread, Strolen, just bought the Mistborn books and just started reading 💪
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